Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”Matthew 9:37–38
Are you going to pray for this or not? I don’t know how many things Christ explicitly tells us to pray for, but the list isn’t that long. We do have general guidelines and examples, and they free us up to pray about all the things that concern us in life — that is good! But then, the Son tells us to pray specifically for something that is pressing on Him, something that has disturbed Him. There is a harvest, and the fruit is ready and ripe. There are people like apples waiting to be plucked or plums on the verge of falling off the branch, but there are few people truly working in the harvest. There are few that care and fewer that act on what desire they have. Christ knows this. He is living in it and is sharp with grief over it. “Pray about this,” He cries. Are you going to or not?